Tuesday, April 12, 2016
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Being emotionally fit is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.
To develop a healthy soul, we must learn to be aware of our emotions.
Knowing how we are feeling in any given situation is very important because our emotions greatly influence our thinking, actions and behaviour.
When we are in denial of our true feelings, we can:
- Become depressed without an apparent cause.
- Pretend something doesn’t matter when inside it does matter.
- Blow up over minor incidents.
- Walk around with a knot in our stomachs or tightness in our throats.
- Feel our anger not at the time something happens but a few days later.
- Troubled personal relationships with family, friends, acquaintances.
- Become Lethargic- “who cares” attitude.
This is not what God wants for His children. He desires that we walk in truth and in victory, and this involves being aware of our feelings instead of denying them. When we deny them, we can fall into the trap of self-deception and that opens the door to a lot of other things that we would rather not deal with!
Practicing self-awareness helps us to get in tune with what’s going on in the inside of us – emotionally speaking – so that we can access the grace and power we need to continue to think and behave in the way that brings honour to God, especially in difficult and trying situations.
God has given us His Spirit of love, power and a sound mind. You have the potential on the inside, now it’s time to exercise it and become your best self now!
Remember, the only person that has control over the way you feel is you! Don’t give that power away. Learn to be honest with yourself and discern your emotional states, so that you will be better able to manage your feelings and express them in a healthy way.
To your emotional health!
It’s Time to Connect: You can practice self-awareness by taking a few moments and actually write down how you feel. Get it all out. Breathe deeply . Then review the list. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you in that moment to find a way to think and respond correctly. Repeat 2 Timothy 1:7. Write how you feel again.